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Rethinking the third act structure

Murray, Virginia 2013, Rethinking the third act structure, in AAWP 2012 : The encounters: place, situation, context : Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference, [The Conference], [Geelong, Vic.], pp. 1-7.

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Title Rethinking the third act structure
Author(s) Murray, Virginia
Conference name Australasian Association of Writing Programs. Conference (17th : 2012 : Geelong, Victoria)
Conference location Geelong, Victoria
Conference dates 25-27 Nov. 2012
Title of proceedings AAWP 2012 : The encounters: place, situation, context : Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference
Editor(s) Pont, A.
West, P.
Johanson, K.
Atherton, C.
Dredge, R
Todd, R
Publication date 2013
Conference series Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Geelong, Vic.]
Summary The three-act dramatic structure is most common screenplay form taught in creative writing programs. Further, it is almost always demanded by Australian funding bodies. Yet this structure has hardly changed since it was developed by Aristotle in his Poetics 2000 years ago. This paper examines whether the three-act structure is sufficient to meet the situations of memory, identity and time that are the increasing preoccupations of both modern society and international cinema. It argues that by continuing to teach only the three-act structure we risk reinforcing the status quo and limit the potential of our cinema to explore the complexity of human experience.
ISBN 9780980757361
Language eng
Field of Research 0 Not Applicable
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2012, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082900

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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